Diplomacy

Britain scolds Kerry for comments on Israeli government

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The United Kingdom scolded U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry for describing the Israeli government as the “most right-wing in Israeli history,” a move that aligns British Prime Minister Theresa May more closely with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump. Hurriyet In a 70-minute speech just weeks before the… Britain scolds Kerry… Read More »

The toothless United Nations must seize this last chance to save itself

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As the new UN secretary general, António Guterres must make the security council matter again – we need it more than ever The Guardian Mary Dejevsky As the Syrian government and its backers tighten their grip on Aleppo, and Turkey and Russia reveal yet another ceasefire in Syria, the same questions trouble many an outraged onlooker. Has the United Nations ever… The toothless United… Read More »

Post-Brexit, Britain will love Europe

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Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May sought to drum up trade deals on Monday for a post-Brexit world, as she came under increasing pressure from all sides to define what that would look like. MPs were set to discuss an online petition calling for a second referendum that has received more than four million signatures. / AFP / JUSTIN TALLIS        (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Without the poison of EU membership and with Donald Trump in the White House, Britain may feel European after all. Politico Tom McTague LONDON — Brexit may finally have turned Britain pro-European. Once divorce proceedings… Post-Brexit, Britain… Read More »

Israel’s never-ending crimes: It’s not just settlements

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Israel has not just committed unspeakable acts of genocide but done so with absolute transparency. Al Jazeera News Stanley L Cohen Last week, the world stood fixated at a largely symbolic gesture by the United Nations in which it found the continued Israeli occupation of the West Bank of Palestine to be illegal. Or did it… Israel’s never-ending… Read More »

Turkey’s Erdogan cripples US role in Syria

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In the improbable event of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization disintegrating during the coming decade, the blame will be put on the Donald Trump presidency. Asia Times M.K. Bhadrakumar But the endgame must be deemed to have begun under the lame duck US president Barack Obama – to be exact, on December 28 – three full weeks before Trump took over as president. That was when Turkey… Turkey’s Erdogan cripples… Read More »

Israel calls off vote on settler homes ‘after PM request’

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An Israeli committee delayed a vote set for Dec. 28 on permits for settler homes after a request from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to avoid further conflict with the United States, an official said. Hurriyet Hanan Rubin, a Jerusalem city councilor and a member of the… Israel calls off… Read More »

A portrait of Europe as an old friend, by James Joyce

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In the year of Brexit, issues of national identity in Ireland are back in vogue a century after Joyce explored them in A Portrait of the Artist As a Young Man The Guardian Daniel Mulhall James Joyce’s first novel, A Portrait of the Artist As a Young Man, was published in the United States on 29 December 1916. Although Joyce did not… A portrait of Europe as… Read More »

How the U.S. came to abstain on a U.N. resolution condemning Israeli settlements

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On Dec. 21, amid his morning workout, an afternoon round of golf and a family dinner with friends, President Obama interrupted his Hawaii vacation to consult by phone with his top national security team in Washington. By Karen DeYoung The Washington Post Egypt had introduced a resolution at the U.N. Security Council condemning Israeli settlements as illegal, and… How the U.S… Read More »

Iraqi women join battle against Islamic State

Yazidi female fighter Asema Dahir (L), 21, holds a weapon as she rides a pickup truck during a deployment near the frontline of the fight against Islamic State militants in Nawaran near Mosul, Iraq, April 20, 2016. When Islamic State swept into the northern Iraqi town of Sinjar in 2014, a few young Yazidi women took up arms against the militants attacking women and girls from their community. The killing and enslaving of thousands from Iraq's minority Yazidi community focused international attention on the group's violent campaign to impose its radical ideology and prompted Washington to launch an air offensive. It also prompted the formation of this unusual 30-woman unit made up of Yazidis as well as Kurds from Iraq and neighbouring Syria. For them, only one thing matters: revenge for the women raped, beaten and executed by the jihadist militants. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah  SEARCH "WOMEN NAWARAN" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RTX2CSGS

BAGHDAD — Miad Jubouri, an Iraqi mother of five who joined the ranks of the Iraqi forces battling the Islamic State (IS), has been participating in the battle as part of the Lions of the Tigris faction for the past two years. Al Monitor Adnan Abu Zeed In a patriotic and conservative Iraqi society, Jubouri’s fight alongside the male-dominated Iraqi security forces has caught the attention of both the community and the media. While Jubouri’s participation on… Iraqi women join… Read More »

Next US envoy to UN: Quiet on resolution tumult and letting Trump take the lead

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While Nikki Haley has sparred with Trump on a host of issues, the two seem to be in line on how Israel should be treated at the United Nations. By MICHAEL WILNER JPost  New York – When Us president Barack Obama first tapped Samantha Power as ambassador to the UN in… Next US envoy to… Read More »

Israel Pressing Ahead With Settlements Despite UN Resolution

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The Israeli government is outraged that the U.S. chose to abstain from vetoing the resolution. The Huffington Post JERUSALEM, Dec 27 (Reuters) – The Jerusalem municipality, undeterred by a U.N. anti-settlement resolution, is due to consider on Wednesday requests for… Israel Pressing Ahead… Read More »

Why the West’s Betrayal of Democratic Russia Brought Us Putin

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The West’s inability to accept Russia on equal terms after 1991 made the emergence of a nationalistic strongman… By Angus Roxburgh The Moscow Times This year was the 25th anniversary of the August coup against Gorbachev, and the demise of the Soviet… In Moscow in August 1991 I joined the crowds outside the… Why the West… Read More »

The Lennox-Boyd statement of 19 December 1956 and the origins of the proposed ‘bi-communal, bi-zonal federation’ in Cyprus

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Introduction In Politics, Aristotle suggests that to obtain the clearest insight into anything, it is necessary to explore its origins. Klearchos A. Kyriakides * Agora Dialogue Published in Agora Dialogue on 27 December 2016 With Aristotle in mind, one is obliged to ask a key question at a critical time when the Republic of Cyprus may be on the verge of being transformed into – or succeeded by – a ‘bi-communal, bi-zonal federation’. What are the origins of the proposed ‘federation’ together with ... Read More »

EU Dying before our eyes: Nigel Farage in stunning rant predicting END ‘within years’

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NIGEL FARAGE has blasted the European Union (EU) which he says will crumble within the next few years following the Brexit vote. By DARREN HUNT Εxpress The former Ukip leader was speaking on LBC when his angry tirade over the European Union began as he blamed the… EU DYING BEFORE… Read More »

Why ISIL fights in Europe

TOPSHOT - A man (Bottom R) places a candle on the memorial at the Christmas market near the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedaechtniskirche (Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church) in Berlin on December 24, 2016.
Germany hunts for possible accomplices of the suspected Berlin truck attacker Anis Amri, who was shot dead by Italian police in Milan on Friday, December 23, 2016. The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for this week's attack on a Berlin Christmas market, in which 12 people were killed and dozens more wounded. / AFP / John MACDOUGALL        (Photo credit should read JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images)

Don’t buy their propaganda of ‘retaliation’ for Western strikes in Syria. Politico Jean-Pierre Filiu The jihadist group has larger ambitions in Germany and France. The so-called Islamic State rushed… Why ISIL fights in… Read More »

Why Iran sees Aleppo as chance to get in rather than out

A member of forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad stands near damaged buildings in Aleppo's Salaheddine district, Syria December 16, 2016. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki - RTX2VC1D

On Dec. 22, the same day the Syrian government announced that Aleppo was under its control, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Jaberi Ansari was in Damascus to meet President Bashar al-Assad. Al Monitor Ali Hashem Ansari was in fact in the Syrian capital to congratulate his country’s prime regional ally for retaking Syria’s largest city and one of the main strongholds of the armed opposition. But Aleppo isn’t only a… Why Iran sees Aleppo as… Read More »